Barsham, Norfolk

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Barsham is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area19.40 km2 (7.49 sq mi)
Population232 (parish, 2011 census)
• Density12/km2 (31/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTF9133
• London117 miles
Civil parish
  • Barsham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR21
Postcode districtNR22
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°52′20″N 0°50′00″E / 52.87213°N 0.83324°E / 52.87213; 0.83324Coordinates: 52°52′20″N 0°50′00″E / 52.87213°N 0.83324°E / 52.87213; 0.83324

Barsham is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, and includes the villages of East Barsham, North Barsham, West Barsham and Houghton St Giles. The villages are all situated within 2 miles of each other, about 3 miles north of the town of Fakenham and 28 miles north-west of the city of Norwich. The headwaters of the River Stiffkey flow through both East and North Barsham and Houghton St Giles.[1]

Originally all four villages had their own parishes, but these were merged to create a single civil parish in 1935. This parish has an area of 7½ square miles and in the 2001 census had a population of 253 in 115 households, the population reducing to 232 at the 2011 Census.[1] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[2][3] The village is mainly now located along Water Lane, which runs parallel with the Stiffkey. The old village used to be located along West Barsham Road and ran from the old rectory to the railway (now disused). There are no shops in East Barsham; the White Horse Inn is the only pub, with Fieldview Guest House and the School Room being the only other accommodation for visitors.

The mediaeval pilgrimage centre of Walsingham lies only 1¼ miles north of Houghton St Giles, and the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady or Slipper Chapel is actually located within the civil parish of Barsham. East Barsham Manor, in the village of East Barsham, is an important work of Tudor architecture.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 3 September 2015.

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